When Prince Farouq of Egypt foolishly lets a tart wear a fabulously valuable royal ruby, she simply walks away with it. With Hastings away in Scotland for the Christmas holidays, Poirot finds himself spending Christmas with the Lacey family. Colonel Lacey, a well-known Egyptologist, was one of the few people who knew the ruby was in England. As Poirot investigates, he learns that the Colonel is having financial difficulties and also that one of the house guests, Desmond Lee-Wortley, may not be of the soundest character. With the help of the children in the household, Poirot sets a trap for the thief. Written by
David Suchet was a guest at a lunch with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. When Suchet chose a mango from a fruit bowl but didn't know the proper way to peel it, the Duke demonstrated. Suchet later asked the scriptwriters to include the incident. On screen, Poirot peels the mango, and says, 'A certain duke taught me'." See more »
The cook had prepared two plum puddings, a large one for Christmas and a smaller one for New Years. The larger one was dropped while being cooked and it was stated that the smaller one was served at Christmas but during the meal it was obviously the larger pudding served. See more »
A Christie story which is not unlike Conan Doyle' s style (the king of Bohemia affair) .Here Poirot has got to help an arrogant spoiled Arabian prince to recover an invaluable ruby (and catch the thief too) .The plot takes to us to the de rigueur (modern this time) desirable mansion where the suspects stay.And as it is Christmas,they are making plum pudding in the kitchen:one for Xmas meal and another one for new year's day.And would you believe it? Poirot finds a precious stone in his pudding.But didn't someone warn him? Do not eat any pudding!Anyway,we are told -and it was not the first time-that he likes chocolates best .
As sweet as Christmas pudding.
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